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Incra 1000HD miter-gauge

Miter Gauge Reviews and Advice

A miter gauge is an essential tablesaw accessory which lets you make safe, accurate crosscuts on boards and small panels. It’s also essential for making accurate joinery cuts like 45 degree miters when making a picture frame.

A miter gauge is also useful when using a router table. All good quality router tables come with a miter track set into the table top so you can use a miter gauge to cut square or angled cuts on end grain.

Unfortunately, the miter gauges supplied with most new tablesaws are usually very basic items that fail in three main areas – they have play in the miter-slot fit that can’t be adjusted, a head that’s hard to read and set, and a fence that’s too short and not sturdy enough to support your work. All these faults combine to produce inaccurate cuts.

Luckily there are a number of high-quality aftermarket miter gauges that address these issues. We looked at six fully equipped gauges and tested them for accuracy, ease of adjustment, quality of cut and value for money . The miter gauges tested are the Incra 1000 HD, Incra 1000 SE, Incra 3000 SE, Kreg KMS7102, Osborne EB-3 and Woodhaven 4911K.

Kreg KMS7102 precision miter gauge

Review: Kreg KMS7102 Miter Gauge

The Kreg KMS7102 miter gauge is our Best Value winner, because this all-aluminum gauge has all the features of a great unit with a price that’s hard to beat. The nylon adjustment screws keep the gauge tracking well in the miter slot. The long fixed-length fence has a flip-stop that’s curved to let work slide under it for quick repeat cuts. The easy-to-use head quickly registers common angles via a brass pin and the vernier scale is a nice feature that allows adjustment down to 1/10 degree. The Kreg KMS7102 retails for $138 on Amazon.

Incra 3000SE miter gauge

Review: Incra 3000 SE Miter Gauge

The Incra 3000 SE Miter Gauge is our Overall Winner because it’s the most fully-featured miter gauge on the market. The combination of Incra’s glidelock miter bar and 364 laser cut positive V-stops in 1/2° increments on the head give incredible accuracy. Add to that the heavy-duty telescoping fence with interlocking grooves in the fence and stop to ensure even the sharp edge of mitered work will not push behind the stop, and accuracy is guaranteed. The Incra 3000 SE Miter Gauge retails at $269

Incra 1000HD miter-gauge

Review: Incra 1000 HD Miter Gauge

The Incra 1000 HD miter gauge is a high-definition gauge with 180 positive stops for pin-point accuracy at every degree (with special stops at +/-22.5°), plus a micro-adjustable vernier scale for fine-tuning to 1/10°. Add to that the industry’s smoothest adjustable miter bar, a telescoping fence, a premium dual-arm flip stop, and superior duplicating ability, and you’ve got a can’t-miss solution for better results. Perfect for both table saw and router table applications, the Incra Miter 1000 HD allows you to produce perfect, gap-free hairline glue joints on the mitered corners of any multi-sided object without trial-and-error setups. If you don’t need the 1/2° increments of the Incra 3000 SE, this is the one to go for. The Incra Miter 1000 HD retails for $185

Incra_1000 SE miter gauge

Review: Incra 1000 SE Miter Gauge

The Incra 1000 SE Miter Gauge has the same miter bar, fence, and flipstop as the Incra 3000 SE and 1000 HD gauges, but the 1000 SE’s head only has detents every 5°. While this gauge performed well, it lacks the ease of fine adjustment, down to individual degree, that the 1000 HD has. For an additional $15 it is worth buying the 1000 HD to get the detents every 1° even if you only need the capability occasionally. The Incra 1000 SE Miter Gauge is available on amazon for $169

Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge

Review: Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge

The Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge has a unique triangulated system for setting angles which makes this one of the easiest gauges to dial in quickly. The bar has expandable slots that are opened with setscrews to adjust the fit. This works well, but the steel bar doesn’t provide any wear protection, such as nylon bumpers. The telescoping fence extends out to 42″ giving support for longer workpieces but can warp when fully extended, reducing contact with longer stock. The Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge retails at $139

Woodhaven 4911K deluxe miter gauge

Review: Woodhaven 4911K Miter Gauge

The Woodhaven 4911K Miter Gauge is a good all-round performer and whilst lacking the number of detents of some of the Incra models it features precise stops at all the common angles of 0, 10, 15, 22-1/2, 30, 45, 60, and 90º. It also comes with a vernier scale for setting angles down to 1/10º between stops. The steel miter bar has five adjustable nylon set screws for a perfect fit in the miter slot (also supplied with a spare set) and the fence includes as standard a pre-made sacrificial fence, a micro-adjust flip-stop, and a standard flip-stop. The Woodhaven 4911K Miter Gauge retails at $169

Bench-Dog 40-001 router table

Router Table Reviews and Advice

Simply mounting your router in a router table immediately gives you a massive increase in your routing capabilities allowing you to easily and safely perform tasks that would be difficult, sometimes impossible and/or dangerous freehand. Straight out of the box, a router table increases the range of jobs you can perform with your router and allows you to easily take on advanced projects such as raised panels or use larger cutters that are too big to control freehand as well as making it easier and safer to do things like putting edge moldings on narrow workpieces.

But that’s only the beginning. Everything that you want to accomplish can be made easier and a better end result obtained by investing in the huge range of router table add-ons and accessories. From router lifts to high-end router table fences and from coping sleds to box joint jigs, the range of specialist accessories has never been greater, or more affordable. Results that were previously only available to the professional are now easily achieved by everyone, but the choice of the right equipment can be daunting so check out all our router table reviews to find what’s best for you.

Bosch RA1181 bench top router table

Review: Bosch RA1181 Router Table

The Bosch RA1181 is an open style, benchtop table made from quality components, with a good sized tabletop plus an excellent fence, giving you two of the main advantages of larger router tables in a compact, portable form and at an excellent price too. If space is at a premium and you are looking for a router table to get out and clamp to your bench each time you use it, the Bosch RA1181 should be right up there on your list.

Review: Kreg PRS1040 Router Table

The Kreg PRS1040 is a top quality freestanding router table with a number of innovative features that make it stand out from the competition. The most noticeable feature is the innovative table saw style T-square fence which keeps the fence permanently parallel to the miter slot, even while you are adjusting it. All you need to do is set your measurement on the scale using the magnified cursor, lock down the cam lock and you can be confident that the fence is parallel and true for its full length, exactly as you would with a table saw. The quality of the components is top notch and, as with all Kreg products, the thought and workmanship that has gone into the Kreg PRS1040 router table make it a joy to use.